Julia Solomonoff’s “Nobody’s Watching” shoots in New York & Buenos Aires

Julia Solomonoff’s “Nobody’s Watching” shoots in New York & Buenos Aires

By contributing blogger Benjamín Harguindey Variety reported in an article last week that Cepa Audiovisual (Argentina) is teaming with Epicentre Films (France) to co-produce Argentinian filmmaker Julia Solomonoff’s new film Nobody’s Watching, which will be shooting in both New York City and Buenos Aires “about 50/50 in English and Spanish”. This will mark Solomonoff’s first … Continue reading

The Mystery of Happiness: Movie Review

The Mystery of Happiness: Movie Review

By contributing blogger Benjamín Harguindey The Mystery of Happiness (El Misterio de la Felicidad) is Daniel Burman’s newest film, an Argentine-Brazilian dramatic comedy shot on location and starring Guillermo Francella and Inés Estévez. The movie opened January 16th to a decent reception of near 200,000 spectators and is currently going on its third week of … Continue reading

Álex de la Iglesia to shoot Leo Messi biopic in Argentinian-Spanish co-production

Álex de la Iglesia to shoot Leo Messi biopic in Argentinian-Spanish co-production

By contributing blogger Benjamín Harguindey Spanish filmmaker Álex de la Iglesia is slated to helm a Lionel Messi biopic in an Argentinian-Spanish co-production. De la Iglesia visited earlier this month Messi’s birthplace Rosario, gathering testimonies about his childhood and even visiting the small pitch where the current football ace played for the first time in … Continue reading

Argentine supernatural horror movie “White Coffin” looks for financing

Argentine supernatural horror movie “White Coffin” looks for financing

By contributing blogger Benjamín Harguindey Variety has reported Argentinian horror movie filmmaker Daniel de la Vega, of Jennifer’s Shadow (2004, starring Faye Dunaway and Gina Philips) and Death Knows Your Name (2007) fame, is pushing his latest project, called White Coffin, penned by the brothers Ramiro and Adrián García Bogliano. “[The movie] hypothesizes around the … Continue reading

Argentine director Lucrecia Martel returns to film with big-budget period piece “Zama”

Argentine director Lucrecia Martel returns to film with big-budget period piece “Zama”

By contributing blogger Benjamín Harguindey News from The Buenos Aires Herald: Celebrated Argentine filmmaker Lucrecia Martel has had something of a career hiatus following the success of her Award-winning (Havana, Sundance, Berlin) trilogy of movies The Swamp (La ciénaga, 2001), The Holy Child (La niña santa, 2004) and The Headless Woman (La mujer sin cabeza, … Continue reading

Director Daniel Burman co-produces film with Brazil, Argentina’s “natural ally”

Director Daniel Burman co-produces film with Brazil, Argentina’s “natural ally”

By contributing blogger Benjamín Harguindey Variety published December 3rd an interview with Argentine producer/writer/director Daniel Burman regarding his new romantic comedy movie The Mystery of Happiness (El misterio de la felicidad), starring Guillermo Francella and Inés Estevez, and the international co-production team behind it. “It was a great experience,” said the filmmaker in the interview. … Continue reading

For sale: Remake of Argentine film “Elsa & Fred”

For sale: Remake of Argentine film “Elsa & Fred”

by contribuing blogger Benjamín Harguindey Variety reported November 8th that Michael Radford’s new movie Elsa & Fred starring Christopher Plummer and Shirley MacLaine is finished and up for grabs at the American Film Market. Lotus Entertainment had already pre-sold the film to Australia, Israel and Portugal, and has been more recently sold in the Latin … Continue reading

Alone With You: A Grim Thriller

Alone With You: A Grim Thriller

By contributing blogger Benjamín Harguindey Director Alberto Lecchi is one of Argentina’s trusty filmmaking craftsmen and after a 5 year pause he’s back with a thriller going by the token name of Alone With You (Sola contigo, 2013), in which your average creepy, distorted, voice-behind-the-phone gives protagonist María Teresa 5 days to live before she’s … Continue reading

The 61st Argentinian Film Critics Association Awards

The 61st Argentinian Film Critics Association Awards

By contributing blogger Benjamín Harguindey This Monday 7th the 61st Argentinian Film Critics Association Awards were celebrated at the Teatro Avenida, Buenos Aires, in honor of Argentina’s choice of cinematography of the year 2012, bestowing the coveted Silver Condor prize in 21 different categories. The indisputable winners of the evening were Armando Bó’s The Last … Continue reading

Argentine Films Dominate Local Box Office

Argentine Films Dominate Local Box Office

By contributing blogger Benjamín Harguindey In an unprecedented turn of events for Argentine cinema, this month’s movie-going Top 5 has been dominated by local productions: the 3D animated family movie Foosball (Metegol), the romantic comedy León’s Heart (Corazón de león), the thriller 7th Floor (Séptimo) and the drama Wakolda, recently nominated on the Oscar shortlist. Foosball … Continue reading

Wakolda: The Tale of Those Who Looked Way

Wakolda: The Tale of Those Who Looked Way

By contributing blogger Benjamín Harguindey Wakolda goes to places few Argentine movies dare: that of postwar Nazi collaborationism, sanctioned by the government and, in the interest of this movie, society overall. It is both a critique and an acknowledgement of a society that was willing to trade moral ground for Nazi know-how and personal benefit. … Continue reading

Habemus Biopic: One Pope Movie Coming Right Up

Habemus Biopic: One Pope Movie Coming Right Up

By contributing blogger Benjamín Harguindey Argentine filmmaker Alejandro Agresti announced on Monday that he’ll be helming a biopic on Pope Francis, up until March 13th Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Titled A Priest’s Tale (Historia de un cura), the movie will be a co-production between Argentina’s Pampa Films production studio and Spain’s Pentagrama. Said Pampa producer … Continue reading

7th Floor, your by-the-book thriller

7th Floor, your by-the-book thriller

By contributing blogger Benjamín Harguindey Catalan filmmaker Patxi Amezcua makes his Argentine debut with 7th Floor (Séptimo, 2013), his second movie, an Argentine-Spanish co-production and vehicle for two of the highest-grossing actors in each country’s market, Ricardo Darín and Belén Rueda. They play a marriage on the rocks whose two kids vanish without a trace while … Continue reading

León the Lionheart

León the Lionheart

By contributing blogger Benjamín Harguindey There are two fatal flaws to León’s Heart (Corazón de león, 2013). The first is more than evident: here’s a movie about not discriminating, whose sole source of comedy is discriminating its dwarfish protagonist with off-key camera angles and sight gags. The second flaw is that this here is a … Continue reading

Cat Burglars in Mendoza: Wine For Stealing

Cat Burglars in Mendoza: Wine For Stealing

By contributing blogger Benjamín Harguindey This is probably the genre Argentine cinema does best – con movies. Unlike the much beloved Nine Queens (Nueve reinas, 2000), which involved petty criminals and their petty scamming, “Vino Para Robar”is a Hitchcockian kind of caper film, set in the exotic vineyards of Mendoza and starring a couple of … Continue reading

Bringing In Video or Film Equipment into Argentina?

Bringing In Video or Film Equipment into Argentina?

Summer (December to March) is the busy filming season in Argentina due to the sunny weather.  A lot of production companies have been contacting San Telmo Productions to arrange logistics for their shoots. First question: Are you bringing in professional film, video or audio equipment? You will also need to arrange customs clearence to enter … Continue reading

“Everybody Has a Plan” is Viggo Mortensen´s first Argentine Film: An Ambitious Debut

by Atzin Ortiz, Contributing Blogger Writer-director Ana Piterbarg has a very ambitious plan for her debut: making a big budget (around 3 million dollars, co-produced with Fox International), crowd-pleasing existential thriller starring a Spanish-speaking Viggo Mortensen in a double role. Despite her best intentions, and having a top notch pedigree onboard, “Todos Tenemos Un Plan” … Continue reading

“Anima Buenos Aires” Brings handcrafted Animation to Big Screen

“Anima Buenos Aires” Brings handcrafted Animation to Big Screen

by Cecilia Baron, contributing blogger Anima Buenos Aires, directed by María Verónica Ramírez  in collaboration with major Argentina graphic artists Pablo Faibre, Florencia Faivre ( Meado por los perros), Pablo Rodríguez Jauregui (Claustrópolis ), Carlos Nine (Bu-Bu ) and Caloi ( Mi Buenos Aires herido)  interlaces four evocations of a mythical Buenos Aires.  Each story … Continue reading

Snow Locations in June and July

Snow Locations in June and July

by Laura Pringle, contributing blogger Pull up your winter socks and shrug your scarf tightly around your neck because winter is here in the Southern Hemisphere.  If you are on the hunt for a snowy spot or winter location for you next film, commercial or TV shoot, Argentina has an abundance of stunning locations to … Continue reading

David Caruso set to Shoot Movie in Buenos Aires

David Caruso set to Shoot Movie in Buenos Aires

by Lauren Pringle, contibutting blogger Famous for his role in CSI: Miami, the North American actor David Caruso has been location scouting in search of inspiration for his next feature film entitled “Chacarita”. Due to be filmed later on this year, the actor has recently been spotted in the city on a quick stint to … Continue reading

Argentina Government to fund hundreds of hours of TV Content

by Lauren Pringle, contributing blogger Funding for television content in Argentina has always been a challenge: the few private broadcasters that commission do so mainly in house or with associated production companies.  This has kept independent producers out of the market, and limited the quantity of hours produced. A new initiative has been created by … Continue reading

How to Find a Local Production Fixer in Argentina

by Ginger Gentile and Amy Ramirez (contributing blogger) You’ve gotten the green light from the executive producer or the funding needed to start shooting in Argentina. But you’ve never been, speak very basic Spanish and have a tight schedule and an even a tighter budget. So finding a local production fixer (aka local production coordinator) … Continue reading

Argentina´s Film Union: SICA

If you are planning on filming a movie (for theatrical release or for television) or a commercial, one of the key players you will be dealing with is the film crew union, or SICA (Sindicato de la Industria Cinematográfica). Unlike in other Latin American countries, film crew members are not independent contractors: they need to … Continue reading